QuickShot manages planning, operations
DTR and PlantStar have teamed up to create DTR QuickShot, an integrated enterprise resource planning system and manufacturing execution system.
DTR QuickShot is a Web-based, graphical user interface covering production, cycle time, uptime and downtime, scrap, job schedules, material use, tool-change schedules, machine utilization and production efficiency.
``Even today, many plastics manufacturers are still dealing with islands of information, paper-based errors and manual data entry,'' said DTR General Manager Perry Williams. He said DTR QuickShot gives a ``fully integrated, real-time view of their manufacturing operations.''
DTR, a unit of Indianapolis-based Consona Corp., said 200 plastics plants use its systems. DTR is based in Jacksonville, Fla.
Syscon-Plantstar is based in South Bend, Ind.
Tel. 800-626-0220 or 904-525-8500, e-mail [email protected]
DuPont soft TPVs resist high temps
DuPont Engineering Polymers is debuting several new elastomer grades to meet demand for soft oil- and heat-resistant materials.
The Wilmington, Del., unit of DuPont Co. has three new grades of ETPV engineering thermoplastic vulcanizate that withstand vehicle under-the-hood conditions and high-temperature industrial uses. As well, the materials show high processing stability in extrusion and blow molding. Envisioned applications include hose and tubing, blow molded air ducts and injection molded seals and body plugs. Two grades are black heat-stabilized types; the other is a standard natural grade for less-demanding uses.
In DuPont's Hytrel thermoplastic polyester elastomer line, a new, softer grade with improved heat resistance is available. It has hardness of Shore A 80 and is rated for 302° F service, about 68° F higher than most Hytrel grades.
Tel. 800-441-0575 or 302-999-4592, fax 302-999-4358.
Chroma CRX targets injection molding
Chroma Corp. has developed an additive that cuts cycle time while maintaining good mold-fill and dimensional stability.
The McHenry, Ill., firm says its Chroma Rheology Extreme, or CRX, cut cycle time for one large-part injection molder to 20 seconds from 29 seconds in an application where dimensional stability is critical. As well, a closure molder saw a 20 percent increase in throughput after switching to Chroma color concentrates containing CRX, according to Chroma.
Chroma said it also is evaluating CRX's utility in extrusion, blow molding and compression molding.
Tel. 815-385-8100, fax 815-385-1518, e-mail [email protected]
DSM, Comtrex offer pre-colored TPV line
DSM Thermoplastic Elastomers Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with Comtrex Network Services Inc. to market a line of custom, pre-colored, ultraviolet- light-stable thermoplastic vulcanizates.
The jointly owned materials, called Trexlink, are based on DSM's Sarlink TPV technology. The partners say Trexlink materials are a simple solution for consistent color matching. The products marry DSM's thermoplastic elastomer expertise with Comtrex's color experience. Automotive customers have approved Trexlink. Other markets that could benefit from the material include office furniture, appliances and consumer goods. DSM's elastomers head office is in Leominster, Mass. Comtrex is based in Tinley Park, Ill.
Tel. 978-407-7646, e-mail [email protected]
Ticona aims acetals at antibacterial uses
Ticona is introducing a line of antimicrobial acetal copolymers to address concerns about bacterial contamination.
The Anti-Crobe series contains two injection molding grades and an extrusion grade. The products are aimed at uses where heat, moisture and nutrients foster bacterial and fungal growth. They are based on Hostaform and Celcon acetals supplied by Ticona of Florence, Ky.
``The advanced, inorganic antimicrobial formulation in these grades is present throughout the polymer matrix, not just on the surface, and does not migrate significantly,'' noted Davida Barrett, technical marketing representative. Ticona claims the products comply with Food and Drug Administration regulations for direct food contact and also satisfy the NSF 61 potable-water standard. The products are naturally white but can be tinted. They retain strength and mechanical properties of the base acetal resins.
Food processing and storage systems, industrial gears, water-treatment components, medical products and automotive systems are among targeted uses for Anti-Crobe products.
Tel. 800-833-4882 or 859-372-3244, e-mail [email protected]
Nanotubes improve new Tecapeek ELS
Ensigner GmbH has launched a new line of electrically conductive polyetheretherketones.
Tecapeek ELS nano products contain carbon nanotubes, which have conductivity approaching that of metals because of their graphitelike surface structure. The new products replace Ensinger's former Tecapeek product line.
The nanotubes' high surface area means only small amounts are needed to impart electrical conductivity. This allows the physical properties such as durability and strength of the PEEK base resin to be maintained. The new materials also exhibit high chemical and heat resistance expected of PEEK.
Ensinger of Nufringen, Germany, says Tecapeek ELS nano materials are suited to applications where electrical conductivity and electrostatic discharge are required. Markets include mechanical engineering, safety technology, electronics manufacturing, chemical processes and aerospace. The firm supplies the materials in the form of rod and sheet. U.S. division Ensinger Inc. is in Washington, Pa.
Tel. 724-746-6050, fax 724-746-9209, e-mail [email protected]
Priasafe cuts risk for small cavity sensors
Priamus System Technologies LLC of Brunswick, Ohio, has developed the Priasafe principle to protect cavity pressure sensors for injection molding - especially important for small molds.
The smaller the cavity pressure sensors are, the higher the risk that the sensor front touches the mounting bore, making the sensor lose sensitivity, Priamus said.
The company has patented the Priasafe method. New types, 6010B and 6011B, have a front diameter of 2.5 millimeters and a very short sensor body. The design allows the replacement of conventional cavity pressure sensors with that tiny front diameter by simply remachining the mounting bore.
The extremely small cavity pressure sensors are fixed either without thread, with the help of distance sleeves, or with a thread, which is located directly on the sensor itself.
Controller extends panel-mount sizes
St. Louis-based Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. has introduced the EZ-Zone PM thermal controller, which extends the integrated control-loop functions first introduced in the firm's EZ-Zone ST controller.
EZ-Zone PM is available in popular package sizes of 1/32 and 1/16th DIN panel mounts.
Users can configure Watlow's EZ-Zone PM as a discrete PID controller, with adaptive tuning; as a discrete, agency-approved over- or under-limit controller; or as an integrated control-loop solution.
Tel. 314-878-4600, fax 877-893-1005, e-mail [email protected]